When you mention the word “Macau,” usually the first thing that comes to everyones mind is gambling. Macau has been touted the Las Vegas of Asia, it has even surpassed the income generated by Las Vegas from gambling. But I say Macau is more than that, it has a rich historical, and cultural past. Macau is just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong. There are a lot of things to do in Macau. To reach Macau, one could just take the fast ferry services, departing from Hong Kong (Shun Tak Centre), Kowloon (China Hong Kong Ferry), and Hong Kong International Airport. Also there are two berth to choose from. One is the Macau Ferry Terminal, and the other is the Taipa Ferry. Or you could also take a bus or drive a car from Zuhai, China, to Macau, which is its border. You could also get there by plane if you happen to be coming from paces other than Hong Kong, and Zuhai, China.
Upon reaching Macau, there area multitude of things to do. One could visit The Fisherman’s Wharf, which has replicas of famous landmarks, such as the Potola Palace in Nepal, a Chinese Palace, The Colosseum, Victorian era buildings, Spanish village, and an African restaurant. This is also where you can find the Babylon Casino, and the Rocks Hotel, which is coincidentally similar looking to the White House. One could ride the complimentary shuttle, if you find yourself tired from walking. One restaurant which I deeply recommend is the Camões Portuguese Restaurant, which is located at 1/F Lisboa 3-Building, Macau, to make a reservation, you can call the following phone number +853 2872-8818. The staff there are so accommodating and hospitable, and always has a ready smile for patron, and guests. Try their Pata Negra, the Chorizo, or the sinfully delicious Seafood Rice (Paella).
After The Fisherman’s Wharf, you can proceed to the Kwan Yin Statue. The statue symbolizes the goddess of life. Inside the statue, you will see some historical references to the goddess. Further on you can visit, The Macau Tower, which houses the AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump, touted to be the World’s Highest. These are five things you can do, you can Sky Jump (fall face forward), Bungy Jump (fall face backward), Sky Walk X, Sports Climb, and the Mast Climb. All these activities I mentioned are not for the faint of heart. It gives you an adrenalin rush. Plus there is a restaurant at the bottom, for those who are waiting for their friends, family, or love ones, to finish heir jump.
After The Macau Tower, one can proceed to Senado Square in San Malo. This is the city centre, wherein old architectural marvels still survive to this day. It is like walking in Venice, Portugal, or Spain, with it’s little alley ways. There is also a magnificent church, which is, the St. Augustine’ church – Largo de Santo Agostinho. One can also try the jerky’s and other treats sold along the way. The most famous among these bakery that sells treats, is the Pasteleria Koi Kei. If you are a foodie, then Macau might be heaven for you. Further on one can find The Ruins of St. Paul, or Ruínas de São Paulo, which is a landmark of Macau. The story of this ruins is this, it refer to the façade of what was originally the Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral in Macau dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.
After the historical tour, let us go hotel and casino hopping. Along the Cotai Strip lies, a variety of hotels & casinos, some already built, yet some are still being built. The most famous among is The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. This is the largest among Macau’s integrated hotel, resorts, and casinos. This property is also billed as the second largest man made building, only surpassed by the Boeing Factory. The resort also serves as a venue for meetings, exhibitions, and conventions. It is also a venue for concerts, and sports. Among the artists, and sports persons who graced this property with their presence, are Journey, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Linkin Park, The
Pussycat Dolls, and Rain, to name just a few. The neighbor of the Venetian is an equally famous name among the hotel clientèle, The Four Seasons Hotel Macao. This property offers luxuries to a select few. They sell high end goods as well. Just opposite this is the City of Dreams, which is a collection of hotel-resort-casinos, including Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers, and the Grand Hyatt Macau. City of Dreams, has activities for everyone. There are shops that sell high end goods, then there are the casinos, there are a number of restaurants & cafe, and there is The Bubble, which is an immersive experience for kids, and adults alike, which will bring out your imagination.
If casino is not your cup of tea, Macau offers a
different kind of gambling to serve a you. You can choose horse racing or greyhound racing, at The Macau Jockey Club. If you prefer to be pampered, Macau also offers a variety of spas, ranging from the high end to the affordable. Macau is also clustered with watering holes, clubs, and discos. If you are in the mood to party, then you should try the M Bar, at The MGM Grand Hotel, or Bellini at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel.